Politics and religion are among the most followed and discussed terms in India. And during the election season, we find both these concepts merging more often than not. As the Lok Sabha Election results are being counted on Thursday, several candidates, their party leaders and workers were seen knocking on the doors of the Almighty, praying that the results go in their favour. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Nikhil Kumaraswamy, Ravi Kishan, Kummanam Rajasekharan, Tejasvi Surya were seen at temples hours before the counting process kicked off. Even prayers were held at Manoj Tiwari’s home and Congress workers also performed a 'havan' for their leaders, Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy prayed at the Ganesha temple, Jayanagar in Bengaluru ahead of the results (Watch video above). Son Nikhil Kumaraswamy, contesting for Mandya seat on a Janata Dal (Secular) JD (S) seat, prayed at a temple in Mysuru.
Ravi Kishan, BJP candidate from Gorakhpur, too sought the Almighty’s blessings before the elections.
Kummanam Rajasekharan, BJP candidate from Thiruvananthapuram, prayed at Ayyaguru Ashram,Thycaud. Tejasvi Surya, BJP candidate from Bengaluru South, also performed religious rituals.
There was a ‘havan’ held at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from East Delhi constituency, Manoj Tiwari’s home ahead of the results. (Watch video above)
Meanwhile, Congress workers also held a havan ahead of the results. Pamphlets terming Congress President and candidate from Amethi, Wayanad, Rahul Gandhi as ‘Yodha’ (warrior) and Priyanka Vadra as the duo's grandmother and former PM, Indira Gandhi, writing ‘Indira is back’, were among the highlights.
Accompanied by high-pitched and intense election campaigning, the 2019 polls spanned seven phases across two months, ending on May 19, witnessing the Election Commission handling 22.3 lakh ballot units, 17.3 lakh VVPATs and 16.3 lakh control units. An estimated 67.11 percent voters turned up to cast their votes in this year's elections, which is among the highest-ever turnouts recorded in any parliamentary poll in India since its Independence. To put things into perspective, in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the voter turnout was just a little over 66%, whereas in the first ever elections in 1951-52, it was estimated to be 45%.
Counting of votes is set to begin at 8 am on May 23 in each of the 542 constituencies (the Vellore Lok Sabha polls had been countermanded).